Posts Tagged ‘Marian

01
Jul
16

The President Day’s Day In D.C. And The First Lady’s Day In Spain

US President Barack Obama speaks about the response and precautions to take for the Zika virus, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 1, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama, alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks about the response and precautions to take for the Zika virus, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 1, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks about the response and precautions to take for the Zika virus, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 1, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks about the response and precautions to take for the Zika virus, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 01: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the Zika virus during a meeting with health officials in the Oval Office at the White House, July 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama urged Congress to pass a Zika virus funding bill before going on break. Also pictured are, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, (2-L), Director of NIH/NIAID Dr. Anthony Fauci, (R), Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden. (L). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks about the response and precautions to take for the Zika virus, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 1, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain

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First Lady Michelle Obama departs from Torrejon Air Force Base in Madrid, Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: US First Lady Michelle Obama's daughters Malia Obama (R) and Sasha Obama (L) board an official plane prior to her departure from Torrejon Air Force Base on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The First Lady delivered a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met during her travels and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R), her daughters Malia Obama (R) and Sasha Obama (3L) and her mother Marian Robinson (2L) board an official plane prior to her departure from Torrejon Air Force Base on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The First Lady delivered a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met during her travels and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: US First Lady Michelle Obama boards an official plane prior to her departure from Torrejon Air Force Base on July 1, 2016. in Madrid, Spain. The First Lady delivered a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met during her travels and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: US First Lady Michelle Obama (3R), her daughters Malia Obama (R) and Sasha Obama (2L) and her mother Marian Robinson (2L) board an official plane prior to her departure from Torrejon Air Force Base on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. The First Lady delivered a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met during her travels and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school on July 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: The aircraft transporting US first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha takes off from Torrejon Air Force Base on July 1, 2016. in Madrid, Spain. The First Lady delivered a speech on Let Girls Learn to girls and young women, sharing the stories of girls she has met during her travels and highlighting new commitments to support Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)

28
Jun
16

The First Lady’s Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma at the Marrakech International Airport

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US first lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by the Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma at the Marrakech International Airport, on June 28, 2016. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama is welcomed at the Marrakech International Airport, on June 28, 2016. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she meets Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (R) listens to a Moroccan young woman following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - JUNE 28: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama (3rd L), Hindu actress Freida Pinto (L), American actress Meryl Streep (R) and Moroccan student Karima Lokos (2nd L) attend a program held for girls whose education is interrupted in Marrakech, Morocco on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Freida Pinto, actress Meryl Streep, and Moroccan student Karima Lokos participate in a Let Girls Learn discussion

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US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (R) meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama listens as she meets with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (2ndR) meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - JUNE 28: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama attends a program held for girls whose education is interrupted in Marrakech, Morocco on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama speaks as she meets with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (R) applaud as they meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (R) during a dinner in Marrakech, on June 28, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama launched a $100 million aid package in Morocco on June 28, 2016 to promote the education of girls in a country where half of females over 15 are illiterate. Visiting Marakech with actresses Meryl Streep and Frieda Pinto of the "Slumdog Millionaire" film, she told girls in attendance she wanted them to be part of a global conversation on female education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco during a dinner

US first lady Michelle Obama (C-L) speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (C-R) during a dinner in Marrakech, on June 28, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama launched a $100 million aid package in Morocco on June 28, 2016 to promote the education of girls in a country where half of females over 15 are illiterate. Visiting Marakech with actresses Meryl Streep and Frieda Pinto of the "Slumdog Millionaire" film, she told girls in attendance she wanted them to be part of a global conversation on female education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

27
Jun
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

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Coach Cheryl Reeve (L) and US President Barack Obama arrive for an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama speaks during an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx

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US President Barack Obama poses during an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama is hugged as he greets audience members after an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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First Lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Sasha and Malia, together with Michelle’s mother Marian Robinson, as she arrives at the Robert International airport near Harbel, Liberia

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits a women’s education program in Monrovia

USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama told girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drops out due to financial pressures. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama told girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drops out due to financial pressures. / AFP / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

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24
Mar
16

The First Family In Bariloche

President Barack Obama accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to Bariloche, Argentina

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President Barack Obama accompanied by first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha, back right, and Malia arrive to Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Obama is closing his two-day visit to Argentina by spending the afternoon with his family in Bariloche, a picturesque city in southern Argentina, before departing for Washington. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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President Barack Obama first lady Michelle Obama, followed by daughters Sasha and Malia and first lady's mother Marian Robinson arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Bariloche, Argentina (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival on Air Force One in San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Bariloche, Argentina (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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U.S. President Barack Obama accompanied by first lady Michelle get off the plane in Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Obama is closing his two-day visit to Argentina by spending the afternoon with his family in Bariloche, a picturesque city in southern Argentina, before departing for Washington. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his family, board the "Modesta Victoria" for a boat trip on the lake in Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Obama is closing his two-day visit to Argentina by spending the afternoon with his family in Bariloche, a picturesque city in southern Argentina, before departing for Washington. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

President Barack Obama and his family board the “Modesta Victoria” for a boat trip on the lake

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President Barack Obama steps out of his vehicle at Parque Llao Llao which is part of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Haupi in Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Obama and first family are taking the Villa Tacul Trail and spending the remainder of the afternoon in Bariloche, a picturesque city in southern Argentina, before departing for Washington.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, center, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia begin to walk the Villa Tacul Trail of Parque Llao Llao which is part of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Haupi in Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The first family is spending the remainder of the afternoon in Bariloche, a picturesque city in southern Argentina, before departing for Washington.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The First Family walk the Villa Tacul Trail of Parque Llao Llao which is part of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Haupi in Bariloche, Argentina

20
Mar
16

The First Family Tours Old Havana

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters while taking part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. Also pictured are historian Eusebio Leal (L) and Obama's daughter Sasha Obama (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama waves while taking part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at reporters as he takes part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. Also pictured is Obama's daughter Sasha Obama (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, visit la Catedral de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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(L to R) U.S. President Barack Obama, his daughter Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama tour the Museum of the City of Havana in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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20
Mar
16

On The Way To Cuba

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One, Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and his family are traveling to Cuba, the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He is the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years

Sasha, left, and Malia Obama walk towards Air Force One upon the arrival to Andrews Air Force Base, before their departure, Sunday, March 20, 2016, en route to Havana, Cuba. President Obama and his family are traveling to Havana, Cuba, the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by President Barack Obama steps off the limousine upon their arrival to Andrews Air Force Base, before their departure, Sunday, March 20, 2016, en route to Havana, Cuba. Obama and his family are traveling to Havana, the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Malia Obama walks towards Air Force One upon the arrival of the first family to Andrews Air Force Base, before their departure, Sunday, March 20, 2016, en route to Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

President Barack Obama, from left, with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, right, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, fourth from left, walk on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, March 20, 2016, to board the Air Force One for a trip Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly nine decades. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

03
Dec
15

The National Christmas Tree Lighting

The First Family at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his family watch the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. From left are daughters Maila and Sasha, Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama waves next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reads "'Twas the night before Christmas" to children during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after lighting the National Christmas Tree during the Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. Daughters Sasha (L) and Malia are at his side. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, walk to their seats during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughter Malia push a button to light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he with First lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia host the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Santa Claus as Muppet Miss Piggy watches as Obama hosts the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

09
Mar
15

Pete Souza: Selma

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In Selma, the President greets former foot soldier Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103 years old, backstage before the ceremony

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The President speaks to the foot soldiers who attended the 50th anniversary event.

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The President hugs Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., as her parents, Martin Luther King III and Andrea Waters look on

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Rep. John Lewis holds hands with President Obama during a prayer at the ceremony.

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28
Nov
14

The First Family Receives The White House Christmas Tree

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First Lady Michelle Obama follows her daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama, as they arrive to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama watches as daughter Malia Obama, adjusts the collar for her sister Sasha Obama, as they walk out to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House. This year’s White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Penn. Dogs Bo Obama, left, and Sunny Obama also participated

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What we missed

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Marian Robinson (FLOTUS’s mother), First Lady Michelle Obama, Kathleen Biden (Hunter Biden’s wife), Maisy Biden, Sasha Obama, and a friend attend a women’s college basketball game between the Princeton Tigers and the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. The First Lady’s niece, Leslie Robinson, was playing for Princeton.

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21
Jul
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama listens as Gen. David H. Petraeus discusses security improvements in Baghdad while giving him and Sens. Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel an aerial tour of the city Monday, July 21, 2008

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:30: The President signs an Executive Order that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination by companies that do federal government work, East Room

11:0: The President makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine

11:45: Participates in a town hall focusing on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative; Walker Jones Education Campus, Washington

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press

3:10: The President awards Ryan M. Pitts, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor, East Room

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NYT: Obama to Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias by Contractors

President Obama plans to sign an executive order on Monday that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination by companies that do federal government work….

The order will also, for the first time, explicitly protect federal employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity, officials said. Federal workers are already protected based on their sexual orientation.

…. “With the stroke of a pen, the president will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of L.G.B.T. people across the country,” Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement on Friday. “These actions from the president have the potential to be a keystone in the arch of his administration’s progress, and they send a powerful message to future administrations and to Congress that anti-L.G.B.T. discrimination must not be tolerated.”

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MSNBC: Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative gets $104 million boost

Six months since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper – the president’s boldest effort since taking office to address the dire state of young minority men – Obama is set to announce that millions are being dedicated to expanding the initiative.

According to a White House official, Obama will announce Monday at the Walker Jones Education Center in Washington new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million in funding to help this demographic succeed at critical stages throughout their lives – from early education to college and career.

Young minority men generally faces some of the worst social, academic and economic outcomes in the country.

“Tomorrow’s announcements are an important next step in continuing to build ladders of opportunity for all and to highlight the President’s commitment to ensuring that all children have a fair shot to succeed in this country,” a White House official said.

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BBC: Gaza crisis: UN calls for ceasefire as deaths pass 500

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Cairo for talks on the crisis amid a mounting death toll.

Over 500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began two weeks ago, Gaza’s health ministry says.

Twenty Israelis – 18 of them soldiers – have died, Israel says, as it seeks to end rocket fire on the country.

On Sunday Gaza saw its deadliest day since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, with 13 Israeli soldiers and more than 100 Palestinians killed. Israel says it has killed at least 120 militants since the ground offensive began on Thursday night.

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Washington Post: Flight 17: U.S. builds case against rebels, Russia in downing of jet in Ukraine

The Obama administration expanded its case Sunday accusing Ukrainian separatists and Russian forces of working hand in hand to acquire and operate a missile battery believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last week, killing nearly 300 people.

Citing an “enormous amount of evidence,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry accused Russia of providing SA-11 antiaircraft missiles to the pro-Russian rebels and training them how to fire the advanced weapons. He also said U.S. intelligence agencies “saw the launch” of a missile from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine and recorded its trajectory at the moment the passenger plane vanished from radar.

Meanwhile, in Kiev, the U.S. Embassy said American intelligence analysts had confirmed the authenticity of recorded conversations in which rebel leaders bragged about shooting down what they thought was a Ukrainian military transport plane moments after the Malaysian jetliner was blown apart.

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WH.gov: President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.

Staff Sergeant Pitts will be the ninth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

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 U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, and Sen. Barack Obama at Baghdad International Airport, July 21, 2008

 Sen. Obama shakes hands with a U.S. Soldier outside Multi-National Division South East Headquarters in Basra, Iraq July 21, 2008

 Gen. David H. Petraeus gives an aerial tour of Baghdad to Sen.’s Obama, Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel Monday.

Sen. Obama looks on during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, July 21, 2008

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President Obama tapes an interview before an event celebrating country music at the White House on July 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The First Family listens to a performance during an event celebrating country music in the East Room of the White House on July 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden walk from the Oval Office to the motorcade on the South Lawn driveway, July 21, 2010. They traveled to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., to sign the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and Vice President Biden ride in the motorcade from the White House to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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 First Lady Michelle Obama colors props for a theater production with children during a visit to the Naval Air Station Oceana Summer Camp in Virginia Beach, Va., July 21, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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